The Edmonton Oilers losing streak has hit five games with a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Centre Thursday night.
For the ninth straight game, the Oilers allowed a goal before the game was ten minutes old. Derek Forbort beat Jonas Gustavsson with a screen shot 5:09 in. Tyler Toffoli made it 2-0 less than three minutes later.
The Oilers showed life in the second period. Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom tallied less than five minutes apart to tie it. However, Jeff Carter replied just 38 seconds after Klefbom’s goal with a strike on a shorthanded breakaway.
Nurse said they have what it takes to win, but they didn’t seem to get it done.
“At any point in that game we knew we had the capability to come back, I mean, chance upon chance upon chance. We’re playing from behind too much. I’ve got to do better, and a lot of other guys…as a team we feel we need better starts.”
Devin Setoguchi rounded out the scoring with 6:45 left in the third.
Oilers head coach Todd McLellan says the O line is pulling it’s weight.
“I’m not overly concerned about our offense. I think we’re creating plenty of chances and plenty of good looks. Certain individuals need to finish on them, it’s what we’re giving up and we weren’t scoring five against this team tonight, not a chance. We may have been lucky enough to get three. So, the offensive part’s going to come, and it’ll come in bunches. I think we’re getting hungrier around the net, there’s bodies everywhere now, but it’s what we’re giving up that’s disappointing.”
The Oilers fall to 9-8-1 on the season. They’ve lost their last ten visits to L.A.
The Oilers will end their three-game road trip Saturday in Dallas. (jrw)